Sailing on Starshine

Vessel Name: Starshine
Vessel Make/Model: Outbound 44
Hailing Port: San Francisco, CA
Crew: Pat and Melodie Williams
About: We have been "working the plan" since 2004 when Pat began taking sailing lessons. That lead to a few sailing vacations on sailboats. Melodie took some classes too. We purchased our boat in 2011.
24 October 2017 | Oakland, CA
04 September 2017 | South Lake Tahoe CA
04 September 2017 | Culver OR
04 September 2017 | Culver OR
04 September 2017 | Redmond Oregon
17 July 2017 | Polson Montana
31 May 2017 | Our new Camper in Ira Texas
04 May 2017 | Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit Mexico
04 April 2017 | La Cruz Anchorage
12 March 2017 | Chamela Bay
12 March 2017 | Tenicatita Bay
18 February 2017 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
29 January 2017 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
19 January 2017 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
06 January 2017 | St Thomas USVI
06 January 2017 | Balboa Panama
30 November 2016 | Golfito Costa Rica
02 November 2016 | Marina San Carlos
27 October 2016 | Copper Canyon - Hotel Mirador
27 October 2016 | Copper Canyon in Chihuahua
Recent Blog Posts
24 October 2017 | Oakland, CA

Where have we been?

I have been neglecting our blog since early September. I wrote an update but made the classic mistake of not saving my work. You have seen me make this mistake in the past, but it appears I have not learned my lesson! So here it goes again, post # 2……

04 September 2017 | South Lake Tahoe CA

Snakes to the Lake

Today is Labor Day, September 4, 2017.

04 September 2017 | Culver OR

Solar Eclipse

Today is Monday August 21 and we saw the Solar Eclipse this morning!

04 September 2017 | Culver OR

Solar Eclipse

Today is Monday August 21 and we saw the Solar Eclipse this morning!

04 September 2017 | Redmond Oregon

Idaho Loop Glacier/Yellowstone/Grand Teton

Today is Tuesday August 15 and we are camping in Haystack Campground, a US Forest Service facility just south of Madras OR. We had spent a week back in July scoping out various sites in eastern Oregon, but we ended up here. It is a nice facility and the spots aren’t stacked on top of each other. Our [...]

17 July 2017 | Polson Montana

Arizona to Montana

Today is Sunday July 16, 2017.

Starshine is in La Cruz

19 January 2017 | La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
Pat - Cloudy
Today is Thursday January 19, 2017.

Melodie and I have been in La Cruz for a few days now. Let me tell you about our voyage to get here.

I drove up to Tuscon and met Melodie at the airport on Sunday January 8 and we began running some errands to buy things on her shopping list. These were local things we knew we could purchase in Tucson, as her luggage was already bulging with purchases made via the internet for the boat. We stayed at the AFB Inn again and were again pleased with the facilities they offer to retired persons. What a deal.

We drove back to San Carlos on January 9 without any issues. We arrived at the boat and Melodie got to sleep in her own bed for the first time in 2 months. I worked on a few last minute items, jerry can fuel, water, and a few other loose ends. We had the boat waxed while we were gone and she is looking good. Melodie put away all her clothes and we stowed for sea. The weather looked like Wed January 11 might be good for us to jump south. The diver came on Wednesday morning t clean the bottom and we left the dock before lunch.

We saw some waves on the beam so it was a little rolly until we reached our waypoint a few hours south of San Carlos. Once we turned a little east the boat flattened out and we sailed for a few hours. Then the sun went down and we began motoring, and motoring, and motoring. Melodie really likes the seas to be flat, which means there usually isn't much wind.

We came across a fog bank just north of Mazatlan. It reminded me of the movie "King Kong". It was a wall of fog that was very defined. We turned on our Nav lights and radar earlier than usual. The other unusual natural event was the phosphorescence. I was on watch when I noticed the waves off the bow were brightly lit. At first I thought it was reflecting the bow light, but it was green on both sides of the boat (we have a red light on the port side and green on the starboard side). It was like watching an active lava lamp. It was really cool. I tried to take a picture, but it didn't turn out well in the darkness.

We made good time and arrived in Mazatlan on the afternoon of Friday Jan 13th. We were only in Mazatlan for less than an hour. Enough time to refuel, take out the trash, and change the steaming light which had burned out the night before. Then we got underway for La Cruz. Our thinking was we'd rather spend extra time in La Cruz than Mazatlan, so we got while the getting was good.

Our overnight to La Cruz was uneventful and we were able to sail as we entered Banderas Bay. We arrived at Marina La Cruz and got a slip. We are seeing many old friends we've met over the last 2 seasons. Our steaming light didn't last more than a few hours so that was high on the list, as we'd used all our spare bulbs. It took us 4 days and 3 nights to cover the 550 miles from San Carlos to La Cruz.

Melodie and I both noted how "normal" Mexico seems now. This is the beginning of our third year here and everything is familiar. Even eating at "Tacos on the Street" our first night back. Taking the local minivans they call "Combi's" to Walmart. Just another day in the sailing community here.

They expect wind in the high 20's and waves over 15' in the next few days. So we'll hunker down here in La Cruz and probably head south later next week.

That's all for now.
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